I don't travel much, anymore, so I've gotten out of practice. Here are some things to remember to bring and/or buy.
- ethernet cables
I so rarely use the wired intarweb anymore that I don't even carry a cable in my backpack. That's dumb. Some places still only have the wired intarweb.
- airport express
Turns a wired connection into a wireless one. Useful even for just a hotelroom so I don't have to work at that thing they call a desk. Also, I havethe previous version of this device, which I use to stream Radio Paradise into my stereosystem at home, so this would be an upgrade of that device. That device is also sometimes referred to as a G3 iBook. My family would be happy to not have to unplug the stereo out every time theywant to use the "family room" laptop. And, the stereo jack onthe iBook is cracking anyway and probably doesn't have too much longer to live.
- note taking gear
I always have note taking gear with me. A Fisher Bullet Penand atiny IBM Think notepadin my pocket.But this isn't quite enough to take notes at a conference, like the one I just attended. For the family trip to Italy this summer, I got Moleskine Cahier Notebooksto keep a journal, and these worked great. I filled one up, and the boys did some scribbling as well.Sandy had a different journal thing she got from a friend. I tried using one at the conference, andit worked pretty well, except I was doing a fair amount of non-linear writing. That's where it getstricky. A daily log is simple; page after page after page. I had daily schedules, expense, notes onpresentations, questions to ask people, etc. It just barely worked.
I hate the thought of carrying these around in my pocket, which I'm sure I'll want to do at some point.I wonder if anyone makes 3"x5" index cards with rounded corners?
I spent the bulk of my time in the car, on the way to DC (5 hours), listening to podcasts. I sort of stopped listening to podcasts over a year ago (they got boring), but I decided to start looking around thereagain. Here's what I listened to on the trip:
php|architect's Pro::PHP Podcast. It's 1/2 interviewsand half news. Good stuff, if you're trying to track what's going on in the PHP world. Think I'm all caught up at this point.
RedMonk Radio from the boysat RedMonk. No, I don't know why they have an eyeless, souless,creepily smiling zombie on their home page. What is it with England and zombies? Shaun of the Dead?28 days later? Disclaimer:IBM is a Redmonk client. :-) Anyway, always a good listen. Think I'm all caught up at this point.
developerWorks podcasts. Grabbed these at the last minute before I left on my trip. I downloaded interviewswith folks I've worked / chatted with over the years, including John Kellerman (previous boss, fellowBoilerMaker - go Boilers!), Carol Jones, Rod Smith, Bobby Woolf.Note these are Old Dudes (and Dudettes) Who Know Smalltalk(I think Carol and Rod at least dabbled in ST anyway). It was fun to listen to old friends, butI didn't really learn anything from it; I hear it at work all the time anyway. I suspect it will be good for non-IBMers to listen to.
I will probably also need a new iPod soon; my old 3G 15G is really getting old and crusty.